My First Book Fair

Posted on September 13, 2012


Cover of Saturday Evening Post 06-04-1921

Cover of Saturday Evening Post 06-04-1921 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last weekend was my first book fair at the Aurora Public library. To be honest, I didn’t even want to attend because I was so busy moving to a new house, which also explains why you haven’t seen any blogs from me in about a week and a half.

The move will be a subject of another blog. Today, I want to get back in the writing swing with so many of you who are fellow writers.

Last Saturday’s Catch an Author book fair felt a bit like a Norman Rockwell painting to me. Most of the authors seemed like everyday people who loved to write and might never make it “big” in the world.  It was nicely run though, and I appreciated the respect that the organizers gave to all the authors.

When I look back at it, that small event was a milestone for me, because it represented me moving out more into the world with my books beyond my comfort zone.  Today I was again quite pleased to have been requested to provide information for the Illinois State Library’s author database.

I’m at such an early stage in my journey as an author, though a much later stage in terms of writing professionally.  That can be a challenge because it’s not always easy to embrace the beginner mindset.

I’m not sure that I would have appreciated becoming an author of books when I was in my twenties, though I can still remember with fondness the first day on a job when my job title was technical writer. I can still remember how I was amazed that I could be paid to write. I still am in awe that I’ve made much of my living in life as a writer.

I hope that I never lose my appreciation for the joys of being a writer or the understanding that writing milestones, big and small, are something to celebrate.

Daily Contemplation:

Are you celebrating your writing milestones, no matter where you are in your writing journey?

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